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In this week’s session, we delve into the fascinating world of mastermind groups. Before we embark on two exciting weeks of guest speakers, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the significance of these groups.

Personally, I have been fortunate to participate in five or six mastermind groups, and my initial exposure to them occurred during my time at Marco Pine, Marco Island University in Florida, while studying with the National Speakers Association.

However, my first encounter with a mastermind group left much to be desired, as some individuals seemed more focused on their personal agendas than on supporting others.

This experience highlighted the importance of assembling the right people and cultivating a culture of sharing.

The Value of Mastermind Groups: Formal vs. Informal

Mastermind groups can take on either a formal or informal structure.

While formal groups often require payment, I find that the informal approach is more appealing.

Interestingly, historical evidence suggests that mastermind groups have been in existence for centuries. Even figures like Socrates, Plato, and King Arthur were known to have facilitated such groups. In fact, negotiating around a round table, as King Arthur did, can foster more open and efficient communication than a rectangular table.

The concept of mastermind groups has evolved over time, with Ben Franklin’s involvement in 1709 and Napoleon Hill’s commission to establish a mastermind group in 1923 being notable milestones.

Setting Up a Successful Group

The key to a successful mastermind group lies in the selection of participants.

It is essential to invite smart, respectable individuals who are willing to share their ideas and genuinely help others. From my experience, including individuals who do not meet these criteria can hinder the group’s dynamics. I have had the opportunity to set up mastermind groups in various locations, such as London and Guildford.

Self-organization is often the best approach when participants are self-employed, while networking groups can organically transform into mastermind groups over time.

Types of Mastermind Groups: Structure and Purpose

According to Google, BNI claims to be the largest mastermind group globally, closely followed by Vestige. Additionally, there are individual groups where participants pay for the privilege.

Alternatively, you can create your own group, incorporating an agenda and elements of accountability. Although accountability may not be essential for smart and motivated individuals, some find value in being accountable to their peers.

Furthermore, informal mastermind groups, such as Monday Night Live, can also be incredibly fruitful without the need for a formal structure.

Unlocking the Power of Your Group

Mastermind groups thrive on diversity of opinion and experience. Hearing different perspectives from individuals in various industries fosters innovation and prevents groupthink.

It is crucial to invite individuals who challenge ideas and provide constructive criticism. Building trust and camaraderie takes time, and results may not be immediate. However, with patience and dedication, groups can reach their full potential.

Conclusion: Take the Lead and Create Your Mastermind Group

In conclusion, mastermind groups offer invaluable support, diverse perspectives, and a safe environment for open discussions and seeking advice. Establishing a shared purpose, maintaining a non-judgmental atmosphere, and strong leadership are fundamental to the success of such groups.

Join us every Monday night for leadership and negotiation tips, as well as engaging discussions. Remember, do not hesitate to take the lead and create your group. If it works out, fantastic! And if not, don’t be afraid to move on and explore other avenues. Always remember, sticking to what you’ve always done will yield the same results.

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Derek Arden